Quentin Dupieux has never been one to shy away from absurdity, Deerskin being no exception. Georges (a brilliant Jean Dujardin) drains his savings account to buy a 100% deerskin jacket from a strange old man. Despite being slightly short on the asking price, he is offered an old camera as a part of the deal.
As soon as Georges is alone with the jacket, he begins to talk to it in an amusingly matter-of-fact way, as if it is nothing abnormal. However, the jacket is not ordinary garment. In fact, the piece of clothing has one wish: to be the only jacket left in the world.
Deerskin is a delightfully dark film filled with quirky humour. The narrative takes some unexpected turns but never loses sight of its intentionally absurd nature. The old camera becomes an important part of story, though Georges doesn’t seem to know why he is using it.
When Georges meets Denise (Adèle Haenel), who asks about his work as a filmmaker, they team up as she claims that film editing a hobby of hers. Of course, their partnership leads to increasingly strange and dark results. Soon she becomes a producer on a film he is making inspired by the jacket.
At a brisk 74 minutes, the film flies by as the action is drenched in black humour. The atmosphere this conjures equates to an experience that only Quentin Dupieux could create. For fans of his previous oddball ideas, Deerskin will not disappoint.